On Front Street in East Toledo, sandwiched between two abandoned buildings, LexaMed -- a medical and pharmaceutical company -- opened for business with eight employees in 2006. And hasn't looked back. Today, LexaMed stands out as a neighborhood bright spot, even though it's surrounded by years of economic neglect. LexaMed tests medical devices and pharmaceuticals, does auditing and conducts laboratory work. The company's own product line, BEC Growth-Chek -- a liquid suspension containing micro-organisms for testing -- is helping to take LexaMed to the next level. The company now boasts 30 employees, not counting an additional 45 contracted employees.